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Ikat from Solor, Solor Archipelago, Indonesia

098 Solor Archipelago, Solor

Kewatek (sarong)detail  magnifier

Origin: Solor Archipelago, Solor
Locale: Village unknown. Lamaholot people.
Period: Circa 1940
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 53 x 118 cm (1' 8" x 3' 10")
Design: Ikated bands in white on indigo with patola inspired, flower-like motif called satr, and numerous narrower bands with star-like motif, interspersed with narrow stripes in morinda red. Highlights produced by very narrow stripes of commercial yarn in red, salmon, green and cyclamen, most only one thread wide.
Comment: Kewatek temodol biasa (see distinctions of Solor kewatek given by Hamilton), type of sarong that used to be made for daily wear. Hand spun indigenous cotton with the exception of a the narrow strands of highlighting in rayon or silk thread. Rare textile, clearly worn but in excellent condition, very good example of its type.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Solor Archipelago and Solor.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014
Compare: 148
Literature: Very similar to sarong with satr motif worn by Solor woman on photograph in Maxwell, Textiles of Southeast Asia, Fig. 70. See Hamilton, Gift of the Cotton Maiden, P. 179.
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